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  • National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
    Posted on 17 August 2018 | 2:15 am

    Friday 17 August 2018 Speech The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson Tuesday 17 August 2018 9:00 AM Ultimo, Sydney, NSW CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you for the invitation to join you today at the 27th National Vocational Education and...[ Read more ]

  • Getting set for a global future with a VET pathway
    Posted on 17 August 2018 | 12:00 am

    Friday 17 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Delivering skills for a global future is the topic on everyone’s lips at the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research ("No Frills") Conference underway in Sydney. Assistant Minister for Vocational...[ Read more ]

  • Successful tuition protection program to expand
    Posted on 16 August 2018 | 11:45 pm

    Friday 17 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) for international students will be expanded to protect VET Student Loans and non-university higher education (NUHEP) FEE-HELP students. The new tuition assurance arrangements will begin on...[ Read more ]

  • VET Student Loan provider applications open for Round 3
    Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:00 am

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson High-quality training providers that wish to be involved in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program are invited to apply for the third formal application round...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 4:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills The VET Student Loans (VSL) program continues to deliver improved outcomes, with a significantly higher percentage of students successfully completing units of study under VSL than the failed VET FEE‑HELP (VFH) scheme....[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates in VET on the rise
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 1:00 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength. New figures from...[ Read more ]

  • Students set their sights on studying STEM in schools
    Posted on 10 August 2018 | 1:30 am

    Friday 10 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited Elanora State School on the Gold Coast to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning as part of National...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates significantly higher under VET Student Loans
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 10:30 pm

    Wednesday 8 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills A significantly higher percentage of students are successfully completing units of study under the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program, than under the failed VET FEE‑HELP (VFH) scheme. Assistant Minister for...[ Read more ]

  • Aviation apprenticeships taking off in Cairns
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 3:15 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Hon Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt Far North Queenslanders are exploring new careers in aircraft maintenance, thanks to Australia’s world-class vocational education and training...[ Read more ]

  • Eat Real Café providing real skills for young local students
    Posted on 7 August 2018 | 3:15 am

    Tuesday 7 August 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP (ARCHIVED) Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Federal Member for McPherson The Hon Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt Local businesses in Cairns are demonstrating the value that vocational education and training (VET) plays in providing clear...[ Read more ]

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  • Results show reforms needed to better support students
    Posted on 27 August 2018 | 11:45 pm

    Tuesday 28 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia The release of the 2018 NAPLAN results once again highlight how important it is to continually focus on measures to improve student...[ Read more ]

  • Appointment as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
    Posted on 26 August 2018 | 11:30 am

    Sunday 26 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training I thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for appointing me as Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Having previously worked across Australia’s wine,...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Insiders with Barrie Cassidy
    Posted on 26 August 2018 | 11:30 am

    Sunday 26 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Leadership changes; School funding 26/08/2018,  9:17AM   Barrie Cassidy:            Simon Birmingham, good morning, welcome. Simon Birmingham:    Good morning, Barrie. Barrie Cassidy:            How big a loss would Julie Bishop be? Simon Birmingham:   ...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne Drive with Rafael Epstein
    Posted on 21 August 2018 | 7:45 am

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne Drive with Rafael Epstein    Topics: Liberal leadership; Company tax cuts; Schools funding 21/08/2018 - 05:38PM   Rafael Epstein:            The Minister for Education and Training is Simon Birmingham;...[ Read more ]

  • New ACARA Chair Belinda Robinson
    Posted on 21 August 2018 | 5:30 am

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board has a new chairperson with Ms Belinda Robinson appointed by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham. Minister Birmingham said he welcomed the incoming...[ Read more ]

  • Address to the ISCA and AHISA Education Forum
    Posted on 20 August 2018 | 3:45 am

    Monday 20 August 2018 Speech Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Address to the ISCA and AHISA Education Forum     Thanks so very much for the chance to be here with you all today. It’s a thrill to back here again at...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop interview, Adelaide
    Posted on 17 August 2018 | 3:45 am

    Friday 17 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT Doorstop interview, Adelaide    Topics: Little Scientists program; National Energy Guarantee 17/08/2018 11:00AM Simon Birmingham:    Thanks so much for coming along today....[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Triple J Hack with Avani Dias
    Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:15 am

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Higher education reform   Avani Dias:      If you’ve ever been a university student or you’re planning on it, you’ll have to start paying back your debt when you’re earning less. That...[ Read more ]

  • A more sustainable higher education system
    Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:30 am

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.   Minister for Education...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Adelaide with Ali Clarke and David Bevan
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 6:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATARs for teaching courses     David Bevan:                But let’s go to Simon Birmingham, federal Education Minister, right now. Good morning, Minister.              Simon Birmingham:     Good morning, David.             David Bevan:                Is it too...[ Read more ]

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  • Results show reforms needed to better support students
    Posted on 27 August 2018 | 11:45 pm

    Tuesday 28 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia The release of the 2018 NAPLAN results once again highlight how important it is to continually focus on measures to improve student...[ Read more ]

  • Appointment as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
    Posted on 26 August 2018 | 11:30 am

    Sunday 26 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training I thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for appointing me as Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Having previously worked across Australia’s wine,...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Insiders with Barrie Cassidy
    Posted on 26 August 2018 | 11:30 am

    Sunday 26 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Leadership changes; School funding 26/08/2018,  9:17AM   Barrie Cassidy:            Simon Birmingham, good morning, welcome. Simon Birmingham:    Good morning, Barrie. Barrie Cassidy:            How big a loss would Julie Bishop be? Simon Birmingham:   ...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne Drive with Rafael Epstein
    Posted on 21 August 2018 | 7:45 am

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne Drive with Rafael Epstein    Topics: Liberal leadership; Company tax cuts; Schools funding 21/08/2018 - 05:38PM   Rafael Epstein:            The Minister for Education and Training is Simon Birmingham;...[ Read more ]

  • New ACARA Chair Belinda Robinson
    Posted on 21 August 2018 | 5:30 am

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board has a new chairperson with Ms Belinda Robinson appointed by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham. Minister Birmingham said he welcomed the incoming...[ Read more ]

  • Address to the ISCA and AHISA Education Forum
    Posted on 20 August 2018 | 3:45 am

    Monday 20 August 2018 Speech Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Address to the ISCA and AHISA Education Forum     Thanks so very much for the chance to be here with you all today. It’s a thrill to back here again at...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop interview, Adelaide
    Posted on 17 August 2018 | 3:45 am

    Friday 17 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for South Australia E&OE TRANSCRIPT Doorstop interview, Adelaide    Topics: Little Scientists program; National Energy Guarantee 17/08/2018 11:00AM Simon Birmingham:    Thanks so much for coming along today....[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Triple J Hack with Avani Dias
    Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:15 am

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Higher education reform   Avani Dias:      If you’ve ever been a university student or you’re planning on it, you’ll have to start paying back your debt when you’re earning less. That...[ Read more ]

  • A more sustainable higher education system
    Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:30 am

    Tuesday 14 August 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.   Minister for Education...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC Radio Adelaide with Ali Clarke and David Bevan
    Posted on 13 August 2018 | 6:45 am

    Monday 13 August 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham (ARCHIVED) Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: ATARs for teaching courses     David Bevan:                But let’s go to Simon Birmingham, federal Education Minister, right now. Good morning, Minister.              Simon Birmingham:     Good morning, David.             David Bevan:                Is it too...[ Read more ]